Lineage draws lines between who I am related to, who I relate to, and how I relate and make relations between my artistic lineage with my ancestral heritage. Fresh from a research trip in Norway where I made the first contact with Ramstad relatives since 1948, I endeavor to use “artistic genealogy”, a creative interaction with my ancestors and the ways that their lives have been recorded, in combination with influences from the work of Steve Paxton and Lisa Nelson as a new way of creating dance.” -Otto Ramstad

As part of a BodyCartography's residency at Carleton College, Otto will present a video installation of Lineage at the Perlman Teaching Museum.

January 18–February 23: Screening in the Perlman Teaching Museum
Saturday February 18: Live solo performance, 7 pm, free

Lineage will be performed at Art Shanty Project on White Bear Lake in Minnesota:
Sundays, February 5 and 19, 2017 at 3:30pm

Perlman Teaching Museum at Carleton College.

In Our Bodies Live Our Stories, our first event of the new year, will be held on Thursday, January 19, at the Trylon microcinema.

Please join us for a glimpse of the passionate story-crafting created in recent years by the women of Ananya Dance Theatre in a new film by Darren Johnson/Northern Dawn Media (2017, DVD, 55m).

Screenings will be held at 7pm and 8:15pm; seating limited to 50 each screening. Tickets are available online: http://trylon.org/series/17/#1474.

Trylon microcinema, 3258 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55406

The first phase of Olive Bieringa's felt room work will be presented as part of a residency at the Perlman Teaching Museum at Carleton College.

Thursdays, January 19-February 23, 7 – 9pm
Saturdays, January 21, 28 and February 18, 1 – 3pm

felt room is a dance designed to be felt more than seen, engaging performers and audiences in a practice of vibrant potentiality. In the darkness audiences are offered an escape from a world of constant illumination. In felt room, energy, vibration, intimacy and imagination will be the primary materials at play. The work will operate in a specially designed sound and light installation, moving into and out of the darkness, transforming our perceptual field. Audiences are invited to gain deeper insight into the nature of reality as a deeply felt personal experience, one that can be at once disorienting, deeply therapeutic and profoundly energizing.

Perlman Teaching Museum at Carleton College

Committee in Solidarity with the People of Syria (CISPOS), Friends for a NonViolent World, Minnesotans for Syrian Refugees, and flamenco dancer Sachiko "La Chayí" will hold a benefit at Phoenix Theater in which dancers and choreographers from diverse dance styles across the Twin Cities will join together to fundraise for refugee medical care. 100% of proceeds collected will go to the Syrian American Medical Society. Come celebrate the diversity of dance in our community and support this humanitarian effort.

Akiko (Tribal Fusion Belly Dance)
Anda Flamenco (Flamenco)
Diversity Street Dancers (Folk Dance)
In New Company (Breaking)
Joelle Fernandez and Jaylen Franklin (Hip Hop, Urban/Street Styles, and Filipino Folk dance)
Kaleena Miller (Tap)
Mirah Ammal & Al-Bahira Middle Eastern Dance Theater (Egyptian)
Otto Ramstad (Experimental)
Sachiko “La Chayí” (Flamenco)
​​Sophie Boisvert (Modern)
Voice of Culture (African Drum and Dance)

Phoenix Theater (2605 Hennepin Ave. S MPLS)
Sachiko Nishiuchi- dance4syria@gmail.com

On Dance Constructions, Plastic, and Public Collections: Female Minds and Bodies in Museums with curator Sandra Teitge
Presented as part of BodyCartography's residency at Carleton College.

Since the early 2000s, an increasing number of museums have incorporated performance into their structures, envisioning a looser, more vibrant ambiance – perhaps motivated by a level of boredom with stagnant objects. Historically, the visual arts have always been the most open and interested in other genres and their appropriation, for the better or the worse. Museums have succeeded in attracting and convincing contemporary dancers to leave the conventional theater space with its divided stage-audience structure behind and enter a shared space where audience and the objects on view coexist. In a performance, the objects, usually permanent and material, become time-based and immaterial — to the great interest of the museums. Read the full description by clicking on link below.

Please stay to view Olive Bieringa's FELT ROOM which runs from 7-9pm.

Perlman Teaching Museum, Carleton College

Bojana Cvejić (born in Belgrade/Serbia) is a performance theorist and performance maker based in Brussels. She is a co-founding member of TkH editorial collective (http://www.tkh-generator.net) with whom she has realized many projects and publications. 

Cvejić teaches at various dance and performance programs in Europe and has been recently appointed as Professor of Philosophy of Art for the doctoral studies at Faculty for Media and Communication, University Singidunum in Belgrade. Her current research focuses on social choreography, technologies and performances of the self, and time and rhythm in performance poetics and post-Fordist modes of production.

Her latest books are Choreographing Problems: Expressive Concepts in European Contemporary Dance and Performance, Drumming & Rain: A Choreographer’s Score, co-written with A.T.De Keersmaeker, Parallel Slalom: Lexicon of Nonaligned Poetics, co-edited with G. S. Pristaš and Public Sphere by Performance, co-written with A. Vujanović. 

Carleton College (Weitz Center for Creativity, Room 236)
Sandra Teitge- info@fd13residency.org, (646) 659-8450

"This research-based essay film is a very personal perspective on the history of socialist Yugoslavia, its dramatic end, and its recent transformation into a few democratic nation states. Experience of the dissolution of the state, and today’s “wild” capitalist reestablishment of the class system in Serbia are my reasons for going back through the media images and tracing the way one social system changed by performing itself in public space." (Marta Popivoda, Director)

The film deals with the question of how ideology performs itself in public space through mass performances. The author collected and analyzed film and video footage from Yugoslavia during 1945 – 2000, focusing on state performances (youth work actions, May Day parades, celebrations of the Youth Day, etc.), as well as counter-demonstrations (worldwide protests of 1968, student and civic demonstrations in the ‘90s, 5 October revolution, etc.). Going back through the images, the film traces how communist ideology was gradually exhausted.

Weitz Cinema, Carleton College
Sandra Teitge- info@fd13residency.org, (646) 659-8450

“To create something new, we must first love what is old.”

Under the direction of Randy Reyes with choreography by Penelope Freeh, the movement for Flower Drum Song reinvents imagery from traditional Peking opera. As the show progresses from China to San Francisco circa 1950/1960, tradition clashes with contemporary vernacular dance styles and burlesque. A problematic but ultimately celebratory exploration, the choreography for Flower Drum Song aims to be playful while taking direct aim at cultural commodification.

A co-production of Park Square Theatre and Mu Performing Arts, Flower Drum Song is a funny and moving story which explores what it means to be an American and touches the history of every person whose forebears once arrived as strangers to these shores. The new, fully revised version includes David Henry Hwang’s Tony Award-nominated text.

Park Square Theatre 20 West 7th Place, Saint Paul, MN 55102
Connie Shaver- shaver@parksquaretheatre.org, (651) 291-7005

Back by popular demand!

What’s more exciting than the portrayal of love and lust, desire and longing, combined with raucous and bawdy good fun? Watch it spill from the stage in this sizzling, sensuous, and gritty choreographic romp by Loyce Houlton, with the stirring and powerful music of Carl Orff based on poems written by 13th century vagabond poets...those rascals!

The dynamic mix of Minnesota Dance Theatre dancers; acclaimed vocalists Bradley Greenwald, Linh Kauffman, Justin Madel; the Minnesota Chorale; and live musicians come together in this unforgettable tour de force. It’s an electrifying performance, and one you’ll totally enjoy.

Original choreography by MDT founder Loyce Houlton under the direction of Lise Houlton.

“A towering ambition and multidisciplinary triumph.”– Pioneer Press

“Thrills and trills spill from spicy Carmina.”– Star Tribune

“... a breathtaking amalgam of music, movement, and imagery.”– Pioneer Press

The Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Avenue | Minneapolis, MN 55403
Justin Leaf- justin.leaf@mndance.org, (612) 338-0627

There are some things that are given in January in Minnesota. It will be cold, there may be snow, AND Ethnic Dance Theatre heats up the winter with their annual folk dance party!

This family-friendly event will have live music by Orkestar Bez Ime, basic folk dance teaching, performances by Ethnic Dance Theatre, a silent auction, traditional foods and a cash bar. This year, a six-person dinner created by Artistic Director, Donald La Course, will also be live auctioned.

Admission: $10 adults, $5 seniors/students, FREE for preschoolers

Ethnic food may be purchased. Doors and kitchen open at 6:30 pm. Cash bar. Dance instruction starts at 7 pm. Band takes the stage at 7:30 pm.

Ukrainian Event Center, 301 Main Street NE, Minneapolis, MN
Eva Kish- evakish@ethnicdancetheatre.com, (651) 341-5312

Get out of the cold and stay warm by moving BIG! Join Alternative Motion Project for an informal open rehearsal on Sunday, January 22 3:00-4:30pm that gives an inside look at what goes into the rehearsal process for creating new works. See works-in-progress by Co-Artistic Directors Kristin Howe and Joanna Lees, share thoughts and feedback, or just sit an enjoy a warm cup of hot chocolate or coffee as we invite you into the studio for a look at how dance is made.

Sunday, January 22, 3:00-4:30pm

Eleve Performing Arts Center
10820 Normandale Blvd
Bloomington, 55437

FREE - open to the general public (all ages)

For more information, contact alternativemotionproject@gmail.com

Photo Credit: Bill Cameron

Kristin Howe- alternativemotionproject@gmail.com, (952) 843-3408

Dance-theater artist Stuart Pimsler performs a theatrical homage to legendary Jewish-American author Philip Roth. Constructed as a conversation with Roth, Pimsler explores his own complicated attraction to the author's work while commenting on Roth's controversial history and place in American culture. Following the performance, director Hayley Finn joins Pimsler onstage to discuss the interplay of dance and literature in creating new work for the stage.

Tickets may be reserved online at www.rimonMN.org or by contacting the Rimon office at 952-381-3449.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Playwrights' Center | 2301 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis
David Harris- rimon@sabesjcc.org, (952) 381-3449

Batsheva Dance Company
Tuesday, January 24, 7:30 pm

Decadance 2017

The eighteen dancers of Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company flood the stage with such energy and intensity that they’ve been compared to “….life-sustaining milk pouring over a dry rock” (Artburst Miami). In a rare U.S. appearance, they return to Minneapolis with Ohad Naharin’s inventive, high-octane roller-coaster ride of a retrospective, Decadance 2017. An assortment of brilliantly re-mixed material that spans the 25+ years under his direction, each excerpt—grounded in Naharin’s unique Gaga dance vocabulary—has the signature physicality, creativity, and precision for which this company is renowned. With a dash of comedy, scintillating storytelling, and a musical smorgasbord that samples rock ‘n roll, samba, and the classics, Decadance 2017 is fast, fun, and thrilling.

Tuesday, January 24, 6:15 pm
Best Buy Theater
FREE and open to the public.
Gain insight into the performance.

Northrop, 84 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Marika Kelly- northrop@umn.edu, (612) 624-2345

8:00 PM (7:00 doors), $6-16

1. Maggie Bergeron and Emilia Bruno
2. Carol Oyanagi with Robert Borman, Sarah Finley, Rae Eden Frank, and Erica Neal
3. Kaya Lovestrand

Bryant-Lake Bowl Cabaret Theater
810 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55408-2846

BLB Ticketline: 612-825-8949 for reservations
Full-service restaurant and bar in theater

9x22 Dance/Lab features unfettered dance exploration. A discussion moderated by choreographer/curator Laurie Van Wieren follows each piece, giving audience and choreographer alike the opportunity to react and explore the work together. 9x22 Dance/Lab was founded in August 2003. Each month, three choreographers show work of varying styles and experience. 9x22 has become known as a place where seasoned and new choreographers can present their work and discuss it with an informed and engaged audience.

Laurie Van Wieren- laurievanwieren@gmail.com, (612) 501-2551

Under the direction of Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy, Ragamala Dance Company engages the dynamic tension between the ancestral and the personal.

In Written in Water, the dancers activate the space by negotiating snakes and ladders—which represent the heights of ecstasy and depths of longing in Hindu and Sufi thought—to connect the human with the transcendent and reveal mysteries within the self.

Ragamala brings together a roster of internationally celebrated artists for this piece. Composer Amir ElSaffar leads a musical ensemble with a distinct alchemy of Iraqi, jazz and Carnatic instruments, and Chennai artist Keshav’s lush paintings are projected onto the stage to create a mythic, mystical dance landscape.

The Tallahassee Democrat called Written in Water “a feast for the eyes, ears and heart.”

January 27 – Q&A with the performers following show
January 28 – Ragamala’s 24th Anniversary Gala begins at 5:30 pm
January 29 - Pre-performance family activities in lobby

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Ann Erickson- aerickson@thecowlescenter.org, (612) 206-3630

On Saturday, January 28, the third Twin Cities Film Fest Dance Flicks will screen at Intermedia Arts. This festival of dances made for film is a collaborative project of the Twin Cities Film Fest and Christopher Watson Dance Company. The festival has expanded to include six national filmmakers along with seven Minnesota artists. Audience members will have the chance to talk with the filmmakers and performers at a post-show reception.
Watch a trailer for the upcoming 2017 film fest at https://vimeo.com/198584890.

Quote from a previous audience member: “It was enlightening to hear the choreographer/filmmakers talk after the film showing about the differences in working with film as opposed to live performance, why they have chosen to pursue working with film and what they were attempting to convey, the difficulties and challenges, the editing process and the available technologies.”
Tickets can be pre-purchased online - $12.

Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S. Mpls. 55408
Becky Heist- rebeccaannheist@gmail.com, (612) 388-0309

Saturday, January 28, 2016
Showtime 6:30-8PM
Early Seating: 6PM

Location: 3900 Hubbard Avenue North, Robbinsdale, MN, 55422
Company website: http://www.universaldancedestiny.com/

TICKETS - sold at the door or purchase in advance here: https://www.continuetogive.com/4832504

Universal Dance Destiny (with support from our Ministry) eleventh Annual Winter Showcase brings the community together by providing a platform for new and seasoned performers to present their work to a diverse audience. Its family-friendly environment is defined within its high-spaced and high-energy dance experience, designed to ignite excitement for both viewers and performers. The showcase, themed "Global Dances of World," highlights dance performances of various cultures.

Showcase Organizing Team- info@universaldancedestiny.com

I bow to the wheel of six seasons
Cycles of birth and death
Each season bestows gifts
Enchanting our hearts
Bringing abundance to our earth

Inspired by Kalidasa’s 4th century Sanskrit poetry "Ritu Samhara" and Vivaldi’s 18th century work "Le Quattro Stagioni", Ritu – The Seasons is an original Bharatanatyam work, exploring of the cycles of the seasons and how nature and life form an intricate, interwoven web.

Ritu – The Seasons is performed by a cast of aspiring Twin Cities Bharatanatyam dancers to a professionally recorded original soundtrack.

Concept, choreography and artistic direction – Suchitra Sairam (Kala Vandanam)

Trailer One (30 seconds) - https://vimeo.com/194687219
Trailer Two (two minutes) - https://vimeo.com/194686626

The creation of Ritu – The Seasons has been generously supported by the 2015 Knight Arts Challenge and friends of Kala Vandanam.

Patrons are invited to a post-show reception after the performance in the Anne Simley Theater lobby.

Anne Simley Theater, Hamline University, 1530 W Taylor Ave, St. Paul, MN 55104
Suchi Sairam- info@kalavandanam.com

CAAM Chinese Dance Theater celebrates 25 years of bringing the finest Chinese dance to St. Paul, the Twin Cities area and the Midwest with one of its most dazzling shows to date: Keepsakes: A Chinese Love Story.

Artistic director and celebrated choreographer Lili Teng, who helms the Twin Cities' oldest Chinese dance theater, works her magic once again in this world premiere of an original dance drama that invites audiences to enter a world of Chinese rituals, celebrations and matchmaking, where romantic love is pitted against ancient tradition at the turn of the Ming and Qing dynasties.

"Nearly 100 dancers will take the stage in this graceful, intricate, acrobatic performance," Teng says. "Chinese arts, such as embroidery and pottery, will be explored as boy meets girl and love blooms during the lantern and dragon boat festivals." People of all ages and backgrounds will enjoy this year's show.

Will love overcome tradition? Come find out!

The O'Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul
Beatrice Rothweiler- beatricerothweiler@gmail.com, (612) 978-8081

WINTER FIELDWORK at Silverwood Park
Created by Laurie Van Wieren and participants

WINTER FIELDWORK is an outdoor site-specific dance performance/diorama in which the audience travels while performers perform in the wintery park.

The audeince will begin in the warm visitor center. Be prepared to walk in the park. We will end with a fire and refreshments. The show will be around 35 minutes long, not counting hanging out afterwords. There will be no mosquitoes.

With: Dana Kassel, Alexandra Bodnarchuk, Hoang Uyen Nguyen, Sophie Boisvert, Anna Marie Shogren, Chris Holman, Amy Jones, Laura Levinson, Tom Carlson, Kaya Lovestrand, Charles Campbell, Ashly Stock, Rene J Meyer-Grimberg, MC Halasz and more!

The performance is:
FEBRUARY 4, 2017
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Silverwood Park | 2500 County Rd E, St Anthony, MN 55421

Laurie Van Wieren- laurievanwieren@gmail.com, (612) 501-2551

action movie will be performed at the Arts Shanty Projects on White Bear Lake
Sunday, February 5: 1:30pm-3:30pm
Sunday, February 12: 10am-12pm
Sunday, February 19: 1:30pm-3:30pm
Sunday, February 26: 10am-12pm

Olive Bieringa’s action movie is a one-on-one walking performance. Audiences will have a 20-minute live low-fi movie created just for them by performers Olive Bieringa, Otto Ramstad, Anna Marie Shogren, Sam Johnson or Sarah Baumert.

action movie is a performance designed to activate our sensing bodies to connect fully with the places we are. Audiences are offered an escape from a world of constant illumination into a practice of vibrant potentiality. This is a performance in which the imagination is given space to transform our understanding of the everyday.


Film Screening: Cage/Cunningham
Tuesday, February 7, 6:30 pm
Best Buy Theater

Cage/Cunningham documents the 50-year collaboration between two revolutionary American artists, composer John Cage and choreographer Merce Cunningham. Tracing the history of their renowned and enduring collaboration, the film explores the artistic and philosophical associations that Cage and Cunningham have had with a wide range of leading figures in the art, literary, dance, and music worlds.

Northrop, 84 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Marika Kelly- northrop@umn.edu, (612) 624-2345

Experience today’s generation acclaiming the power of love and solidarity in Drop the Mic: The Experience, a new production by Curio Dance celebrating the most influential and experimental American rock guitarists of the late 1960s.

Under the direction of Dario and Giselle Mejia, modern dance-makers weave together the newest forms of dance including contemporary, breaking, zouk, jazz-funk, acrobatics, and Cyr wheel. Performers unite with messages that surpass generations and lift us into a timeless people, free to connect through music and dance.

Spend Valentine’s weekend in a world of psychedelic grooves and ageless blues that will end in a starry night under a human disco ball. Are you experienced?

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Ann Erickson- aerickson@thecowlescenter.org, (612) 206-3630

Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater (SPDT)
MATINEE | February 10-12 and 17-19
The Woman's Club of Minneapolis
410 Oak Grove Street, Minneapolis, MN

Join SPDT for the world premiere of Matinee at the Woman's Club of Minneapolis, February 10-12 and 17-19!

Matinee is a dance/theater/film adaptation of American novelist Robert Coover’s New Yorker short story of the same name, by SPDT Artistic Co-Directors Stuart Pimsler and Suzanne Costello in collaboration with filmmaker Andrew Welken. In it, films-within-films-within-films collide as performers search for connection and romance moving effortlessly through the stage and screen. This work features SPDT company artists Suzanne Costello, Brian Evans, Katherine Griffis, Heather Klopchin, Kari Mosel, Jesse Neumann-Peterson, and Scott Stafford.

Friday, February 10, 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 11, 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 12, 2:00 pm
Friday, February 17, 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 18, 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 19, 2:00 pm

$22 | $15 students, seniors, veterans

Brenda Nepsund- spdanth.brenda@gmail.com, (763) 521-7738

SEVEN: a collection of new work

February 10 - 7:30pm
February 11 - 7:30pm
Southern Theater

In a week of rapid-fire experimentation, seven independent dance artists of varied backgrounds and experiences go beyond the ordinary to create and combine work, culminating in two nights nights of uninhibited performance.

Holo Lue Choy, Pramila Vasudevan, Anat Shinar, Deborah Jinza Thayer, Megan Mayer, Laurie Van Wieren, Charles Campbell


Southern Theater, 1420 S Washington Ave Minneapolis, MN 55454
Laurie Van Wieren- laurievanwieren@gmail.com, (612) 501-2551

Should we cover ourselves in gold glitter and lip sync to Adele? MAGIC 8 BALL says, "Yes, definitely." Should we don animal print and do our best impressions of Freddie Mercury? MAGIC 8 BALL says, "Without a doubt!" Do you need a little razzle-dazzle in your dreary February? All signs point to yes. Join Minneapolis all-stars Rachel Clark, Paige Collette, Jeffry Lusiak, Theresa Madaus and SuperGroup for a night of dazzling drag, dance and performance.

Presented by Lip Sync Lesbian
Saturday, February 11 at 10:00pm (doors at 9:30)
$8-$14 sliding scale

Bryant Lake Bowl Theater, 810 W Lake St. Minneapolis, MN 55408
Theresa Madaus- theresa.madaus@gmail.com

4:30PM and 7PM

$12 advance purchase / $14 at the door
Kids (12 and under) $8 advance purchase / $10 at the door

Join the Minneapolis-based award-winning flamenco dancer Sachiko “La Chayí” and her students, beginners to advanced level, for their dance recital FIESTA FLAMENCA at gorgeous Icehouse MPLS on Sunday, February 12.

Also, FIESTA FLAMENCA will welcome two out-of-state flamenco artists: guitarist Kristofer Hill (Phoenix, AZ; NYC; and Seville, Spain) and singer Olivia Rojas (Phoenix, AZ) along with the local guitarist Ross Fellrath. Come and enjoy the beautiful dance by the student performers and celebrate their love for flamenco.

Catherine Higgins Whiteside
Jill Randall
La Sarita
Neha Garg
Ping Wang
Rachel Schmitt
and Sachiko “La Chayí”

Icehouse MPLS (2528 Nicollet Ave. S MPLS)
Sachiko Nishiuchi- danceflamencompls@gmail.com

Join the UW-River Falls Dance Theatre for the annual Spring Concert February 15-18.

Dance Theatre is a company of performers with all skill levels, yet the same passion for dance. Each September, we begin rehearsals with student, alumni, and guest choreographers. This expressive company explores various styles and movements to tell a story in each piece.

This show will have you on the edge of your seat, laughing until your sides hurt, or may touch your heart. There is something for everyone at the UW-River Falls Dance Theatre concert.

The show runs:

Wednesday, February 15 at 7:30pm
Thursday, February 16 at 7:30pm
Friday, February 17 at 7:30pm
Saturday, February 18 at 7:30pm

Performances are held in the Davis Theatre at the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (60+), and $5 for audience members eighteen and under. Visit http://marketplace.uwrf.edu/collections/dance-theatre for more information and to purchase tickets.

Davis Theater in Kleinpell Fine Arts Building | 420 E. Cascade Ave. | River Falls, WI 54022
Izzi Mielke- izzimielke15@gmail.com, (715) 281-4909

A creation by Ferran Carvajal with Trevor Carlson.

Considered one of the most influential artists of our time, Merce Cunningham created work up until his final days in 2009. Trevor Carlson—Cunningham’s executive director and close friend—had intimate access to the last fifteen years of the iconic choreographer’s life. Narrated in first-person by Carlson, Not a moment too soon is a multidisciplinary performance that provides a rare look into the last days of a master.

Making its North American premiere at The Cowles Center, Not a moment too soon, directed by Spanish artist Ferran Carvajal, uses dance and theater to transport us into the image and voice of Merce Cunningham using unseen footage and tapes shot by Cunningham himself.

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Ann Erickson- aerickson@thecowlescenter.org, (612) 206-3630

THIS MACHINE, in association with Bad and Nasty’s "Not My President's Day 2/20/2017":
Diverse performers, artists, thinkers, and makers of all kinds from Minneapolis and around the country and the world come together in response to the recent election for an event that redefines our public space from one of singular and stagnant violence and isolation to one of connection, complexity and motion.

We are building THIS MACHINE, public, site-specific performances that will begin in various sites in the Twin Cities, move onto public transit lines, and culminate at The Red Stag Supperclub, 509 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413, for an evening of performance, conversation, and shared food and drink.

Let’s take up space together for integrity, empowerment, and humanity. Through art, embodiment, and activation of public space, we will resist, we will commune, we will build THIS MACHINE.

If you want to participate, contact Sally Rousse or Jess Kiel-Wornson at jkwornson@gmail.com or join the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1802821339984710/

sally rousse- jkwornson@gmail.com, (515) 229-5643

The O'Shaughnessy presents The Karen L. Charles Threads Dance Project in
The Secrets of Slave Songs

Friday and Saturday, February 24-25, 7:30pm
Tickets: https://oshag.stkate.edu or call 651-690-6700

A re-telling of slavery's abolition through spirituals and dance by Karen L. Charles' Threads Dance Project.
The Secrets of Slave Songs intimately re-imagines traditional Negro spirituals and their direct relation to the African-American quest for freedom. Born from the belief that the traditional Negro spiritual was a secret language between slaves, the work powerfully presents the heartbreak of attempted escape, the sorrow of failure, and the triumph of liberation.

The O'Shaughnessy | 2004 Randolph Ave. | St. Paul, MN 55105
Michala Martinez- mgr@threadsdance.org, (414) 534-2305

March 3-4, St. Paul Ballet presents Billy, an original ballet by Artistic Director Zoé Emilie Henrot, inspired by St. Paul Ballet's partnership with Element Boxing and the well-known story of Billy the dancing the boy. Billy is a young boy who is forever changed one day when he stumbles upon a ballet class during his weekly boxing lesson. Two additional pieces will be included in the evening performance: "Suite for Strings" by choreographer Joseph Morrissey and "Off the Base" by choreographer Darwin Black.

Tickets are on sale now!

The Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Avenue | Minneapolis, MN 55403
Brittany Adams- badams@spballet.org

Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota presents Classical Connections, an exciting new mixed program unlike any other in Minneapolis, featuring tutus and toe shoes, Gothic romance, cowboys, and classical ballet! TCB returns to the Cowles Center with an evening of approachable and meaningful works with connections to classical music, literature, Americana, and iconic ballets.

Highlights: TCB’s rendition of Aaron Copland’s iconic "Rodeo;" classical variations showcasing the virtuosity and grace of TCB’s professional ballet dancers; an original, introspective exploration of the thematic elements of the book Frankenstein; and a new work featuring the best elements, artistry, technique, musicality and precision that are the bedrock of quality classical ballet.

Classical Connections will have you leaving the theater with a smile!

Tickets are on sale now, buy yours TODAY! Buy online at http://bit.ly/ClassicalConnections, or at the Cowles Center Box Office.

Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403


Ballare Teatro Performing Arts Center is excited to announce its summer session will be ready for enrollment February 1!

We offer intensives for ages ten and up and weekly classes for children in preschool through third grades, as well as adults. Our summer session will run from July 10-August 17.

We would love to see you in the studio!

Ballare Teatro Performing Arts Center 4259 Minnehaha Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Ann Williams- ann@ballareteatro.com, (612) 721-8619

TU Dance Center offers five teen/adult and adult workshops during the spring session! The first session of workshops runs from January 30-April 2 (nine weeks). The second session of workshops runs from April 17-June 11 (eight weeks).

Adult Beginning Ballet with Tina Anderson Wallum
Sundays, 1:00pm-2:30pm

Adult Beginning Modern with Thern Anderson
Wednesdays, 7:00pm-8:30pm

Teen/Adult Jazz with Mary Ann Bradley
Mondays, 6:30pm-8:00pm

Teen/Adult Inversion Modern Dance with Jennifer Ilse
Tuesdays, 7:00pm-8:30pm

Teen/Adult Hip Hop with Darrius Strong
Wednesdays, 7:30pm-9:00pm

Cost: Session One $122, Session Two $110 (preregistration available online); $15 drop-in rate (cash or check only).
For more information and to register, please visit http://www.tudance.org/programs/.

TU Dance Center, 2121 University Ave. W., St. Paul, MN 55114
Laurel Keen- education@tudance.org, (612) 605-1925

Some Saturdays at the Beautiful Studio
1-5pm (unless otherwise listed).
Prices will vary, some events have their own Facebook pages, please see those for further details.

* January 21- Essential BMC
BodyCartography - Olive and Otto
* February 4- Essential BMC
BodyCartography - Olive and Otto
* February 11- Low Ambition Contact Improvisation - 4:00-6:00PM
Taja Will
* February 18- Authentic Movement Introduction
Michael Gardos Reid
* March 4- Contact Improvisation basic skills and potluck
Dustin Haug
* March 18- Three Dimensional Contact Improvisation
Taja Will

Project made possible by Snowy Owl Productions

The Beautiful Studio, Dow/Cat Purrrniture Bldg, 2242 University Ave, St. Paul

with certified teachers of Body-Mind Centering® Otto Ramstad and Olive Bieringa

January 21, 1-5pm Hands to scapula
February 4, 1-5pm Embryology

This three-part workshop will cover the essential coordinations of how the limbs originate embryologically and how they articulate in our current body in a way that leaves the spine free to move. Developed by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, BMC® is an experiential study based on the embodiment and application of anatomical, physiological, psychophysical and developmental principles, utilizing movement, touch, voice and mind. Its uniqueness lies in the specificity with which each of the body systems can be personally embodied and integrated, the fundamental groundwork of developmental repatterning, and the utilization of a body-based language to describe movement and body-mind relationships.

Cost $40-50 per workshop, $70-90 for two, $90-120 for three. To register please email info@bodycartography.org.

Beautiful Studio, 2242 University Ave, Suite 214, St Paul

Lead by Batsheva company member Ian Robinson, this masterclass is open to the general public. No previous dance or performance experience is necessary.

Monday, January 23, 11:00am-12:00pm

Register at http://z.umn.edu/bdcmcpublic

Sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Northrop Auditorium.

TU Dance Center, 2121 University Ave. W., St. Paul, MN 55114
Laurel Keen- education@tudance.org, (612) 605-1925

with Cari Riis Stemmler, BB Pilates Master Teacher, PMA Gold® CPT
Roger Gonzalez Hibner

Saturday, February 4, 2017 to Sunday, February 5, 2017

Saturday: 11:30 am - 6:30 pm
Sunday: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm

Paragon Pilates and Physical Therapy

Reformer III
Advanced exercises and sports-specific programs.
Reformer III includes advanced exercises plus modifications for sports-specific activities, tips for training the advanced client and key exercises for advancing a client.

Prerequisites: Reformer I and II

Class: Early bird $499 by January 20. Regular price: $549.00
Materials fee (manual and DVD): $80.00

Paragon Pilates & Physical Therapy, 5101 Vernon Ave S Suite 2A, Edina, MN 55436
Ginny Massie, ginny@paragonpilatespt.com or Cari Riis Stemmler- cari@paragonpilatespt.com, (952) 405-9765

Ragamala Dance Company will hold a weekend workshop for beginners and intermediate students to foster a greater understanding of Bharatanatyam and provide opportunities for new students to learn from Ragamala's Artistic Directors and company members.

In the Introductory Workshop, students will be introduced to the vocabulary of Bharatanatyam (adavus) through Ragamala's signature technique. This workshop will be taught by Ragamala senior company members.

In the Intermediate Level Workshop, students will learn Alarippu and begin work on a Jathiswaram. Taught by Ragamala's Artistic Directors, Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy, this workshop will give advanced students the opportunity to experience Ragamala's signature style of Bharatanatyam. 

Ragamala studios | 711 W Lake Street, suite 308
Sarah Abdel-Jelil- sarah@ragamaladance.org, (612) 824-1968

Doushin Butoh Experience - one-day butoh workshop with Gadu

This one-day workshop is for people who want to experience Doushin Butoh. The essence of Doushin Butoh is “Resonance,” which is beyond idea or concept. It can only be felt and experienced.

Come and experience the power of Resonance!

When: Saturday 10:00 am - 1:00pm; February 11, 2017

Where: Heart of Tao Resonance Art, 2322 Garfield St. NE, Minneapolis 55418

Tuition: $25

Gadu Schmitz- gadu@doushinresonance.com, (612) 703-7501

bodyART is a non-spiritual, fully-functional training system, specifically designed to augment and compliment your dancing and flexibility training.


WHEN: February 19 at 1:30pm
WHERE: The Resistance Movement St. Paul
DETAILS: $20 drop in rate. Spots will fill fast-reserve your space on the link below.

Ryan Daniel Beck is a visual art teacher working in the medium of dance. Inspired by a varied background and training, ranging from modern, classical ballet, hip hop and acrobatics, Ryan is a master bodyART educator teaching bodyART and various dance forms at Broadway Dance Center NYC.

Ryan has done commercial dance work for ESPN, MTV, Fuse TV, Mini Cooper, Givenchy, Microsoft, ABC, and Onion News Network; and danced commercially for the Mercedes Benz company in Frankfurt, Germany. Recently, he performed with Danny Ezralow (Across The Universe, 2014 Sochi Olympics) and many more!

The Resistance Movement 205 E 7th Street St. Paul, MN 55101
Trish Low- info@resistancemovementfitness.com, (651) 225-8878

This course will focus on the use of movement, dance and body-based techniques to work with groups, couples, families and other therapeutic relationships. It will explore the ways that non-verbal expressions can be used to assess and guide interventions. It will have a multicultural emphasis. This course is approved by the American Dance Therapy Association, for Alternate Route R-DMT credit.

Dates and Times:
Friday, February 24, 2017 noon-7 pm
Saturday February 25, 2017 - 9:30-5:30 pm
Sunday February 26,2017 - 10-6 pm
Monday February 27, 2017 – 9-4 pm

Center for Performing Arts, 3754 Pleasant Ave, Minneapolis, MN

$800 (for Alternate Route credit)
$600 (for CEU credit)
Deposit of $160.00 due January 20, 2017

Instructors: Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb MA, MFA, BC-DMT, LMFT, CMA, SEP; Paul Sevett MA, BC-DMT, LICSW
For registration or information contact: Barbara: loebx001@umn.edu; or Paul zsevett@mac.com

Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb- loebx001@umn.edu, (612) 916-1829


Collide Theatrical is seeking an administrative assistant to their executive director. Duties include but are not limited to: audience development, community outreach, pre-production needs and ticket sales.

In addition, administrator will be trained to work Front of House for our spring production. Must be available for the performance, April 20-May 7 at The Ritz Theater.

Paid position, with training and resume credit. Position starts mid-February. Five hours a week to start. Must have daytime flexibility on either Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays.

For more information and to set up an interview please submit a resume and cover letter to regina@collidetheatrical.org.

The Ritz Theater, 345 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis
Regina Peluso- Regina@collidetheatrical.org, (877) 508-7890

With the retirement of its current Managing Director, Louise Robinson, Ragamala Dance Company is looking to fill this position with a committed individual that seeks the opportunity to help chart the continued growth of the organization.

This will be a full-time position that works closely with Co-Artistic Directors Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy and is involved in most aspects of the organization, with particular focus on the following areas: communication with major tour venues; cultivating commissioning partners; donor cultivation with an emphasis on expanding our leading patrons; cultivation and support for the Board of Directors; creation and monitoring of the strategic plan and annual budget; management of staff.

A full job description can be found on our website at ragamaladance.org or can be requested by contacting Sarah Abdel-Jelil at sarah@ragamaladance.org or at 612-824-1968. Applications will be accepted until a final candidate is chosen.

Sarah Abdel-Jelil- sarah@ragamaladance.org, (612) 824-1968

The School of St. Paul Ballet is holding auditions for its Summer Intensive programs: an opportunity to be immersed in classical ballet technique including pointe work, variations and pas de deux as well as modern, cross training and more.

Registration opens at 10:30am and continues to 12:45pm.
Registration fee $25

AGES 10-12 (SPB Level 3):
Class 11:00am-12:30pm without pointe.
Girls should wear black leotards and pink tights with ballet slippers. Boys should wear white t-shirts and full-length black tights with ballet slippers. Dancers ages 10-12 should bring a photo in first arabesque on flat in soft shoes.

AGES 13-22 (SPB Levels 4-6):
Class 1:00pm-3:00pm with pointe.
Young women should wear black leotards and pink tights with ballet slippers. Bring pointe shoes for the last twenty minutes of class. Young men should wear white t-shirts and full-length black tights with ballet slippers. Photo should be taken on pointe (or demi-pointe for men) in first arabesque.

St. Paul Ballet | 655 Fairview Ave. N, St. Paul, MN
Laura Greenwell - LGreenwell@spballet.org

St. Olaf College invites applications for an .81 FTE (part-time) to 1.0 FTE (full-time) term position in Dance to begin in August 2017. We are looking for candidates who have a Ph.D. in Dance or a related field or an MFA in Dance, demonstrated excellence in teaching dance at the undergraduate level, and a record of dance-related creative and/or scholarly accomplishments. Teaching responsibilities include a mix of studio and lecture classes. Preference will be given to candidates who can teach African/African diasporic, Latin American, and/or Asian dance forms at the introductory and intermediate levels. The candidate should also be able to teach a lecture-based introductory level class that allows students to broadly experience dance, as well as a lecture-based topics course and/or a lecture-based class that is connected to one of the forms listed above.

More information can be found at:

Heather Klopchin- klopchin@stolaf.edu, (507) 786-3070

ARENA DANCES seeks a Managing Director for a part-time contract position to grow into a full-time position for the strategic growth and management of the company. The role fills the need to cultivate and engage the community with established outreach programs, donors/fundraisers, audience building, and with daily administrative tasks. The person for this role is beyond this pay scale, but understands and has the ability to grow one's own salary.

Reports to: Artistic Director and Board
Compensation: $20 per hour, approximately 20 hours per week, variable as necessary

Knowledge of non-profit management with local/national resources
Graphic Design/Marketing
Prefer donor content management and event coordination skills
Experience with multiple social media platforms

Respond by sending resume and letter of introduction to Mathew Janczewski at arenadances@gmail.com no later than February 6, 2017. All inquiries will be kept confidential. No phone inquiries please.

Mathew Janczewski- arenadances@gmail.com, (612) 804-0238

I am looking for dancers who call themselves an orphan for a new performance titled Dancing on the Belly of the Beast. My desire is to have as many people from the dance community as possible participating in this honoring of a life stage. All Twin Cities dancers whose parents have all passed are invited to participate.

The performances will be at the Ritz Theater on June 23-25. Performers will need to be available for all performances and tech rehearsals.

There are several options for time commitment depending on performer availability. All performers will be paid.


When: Sunday, January 22
Time: 2:30-4pm, registration at 2:00pm.
Where: Ballet Royale Minnesota, 16368 Kenrick Avenue, Lakeville, MN 55044

Located in upstate New York, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center is one of upstate New York’s leading dance presenters, and one of the foremost ballet summer intensives in the country.
Founded by professional dancers, including former prima ballerina and principal dancer of ABT Martine van Hamel and ABT’s artistic director Kevin McKenzie, Kaatsbaan is accessible to New York City without the city hassle and cost, and includes safe on-campus housing.
Kaatsbaan's "Extreme Ballet" Summer Intensives are taught by leading professionals in the field including Bonnie Mathis, and Van Hamel herself.

Ballet Royale Minnesota, 16368 Kenrick Avenue, Lakeville, MN 55044

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, a summer school of the arts located on a 1,600-acre campus in Michigan’s Manistee National Forest, offers fine arts education for students grades fifth through twelfth. Each summer, the principal camp program serves more than 5,400 gifted students with a diverse program in the fine arts and dance. Since its inception in 1966, Blue Lake has provided cultural enrichment to more than 300,000 gifted students.

We offer a free dance class/audition with Penelope Freeh, a McKnight Fellow for Choreography whose work is in the repertoires of James Sewell Ballet, Minnesota Ballet, universities and regional companies:

Sunday, January 22
11:30 - 12:00pm - registration
12:00 - 1:15pm - audition
1:15 - 1:30pm - post-audition Q&A with students

TU Dance
2121 West University Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55114
(612) 384 - 1202

For questions call 1-800-221-3796 or visit www.bluelake.org

Nic Lincoln- niclincolndances@gmail.com, (800) 221-3796

Rhythmically Speaking is excited to announce a call for choreographers for our ninth annual production, running August 17-19 at the Illusion Theater in downtown Minneapolis!

We present some of the Twin Cities’ best jazz and American vernacular choreography each year while also supporting these forms by welcoming new ideas from guests from other cities. We always look forward to seeing what people have to offer, as the submission process is open to the public. Emerging and established artists alike are encouraged to apply with new or existing work in jazz and American vernacular dance. We are proud to be helping create what that means, and encourage you to join the ongoing conversation by applying.

NOTE: The submission process is happening earlier than normal this year: the submission form is currently posted at http://www.rhythmicallyspeakingdance.org and is due back by Friday, February 17, 2017. We look forward to seeing your work!



The McKnight Fellowships for Choreographers and Dancers annually awards three $25,000 fellowships to Minnesota choreographers and three $25,000 fellowships to Minnesota dancers. The awards are unrestricted and can help an artist set aside periods of time for study, reflection, experimentation, and exploration; take advantage of an opportunity; or work on a new project. This program is funded by The McKnight Foundation and administered by The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts.

To apply:
(1) Choreographer applicants, go to: http://www.mcknightdancechoreo.org/choreographer-guidelines/
Dancer applicants, go to: http://www.mcknightdancechoreo.org/dancer-guidelines/
(2) Carefully read the guidelines on this page and watch the instructional video.
(3) To begin your application, click the APPLY NOW button.
(4) If you did not submit an Intent to Apply in September 2016, you will be prompted to create an account before you begin an application.
Deadline: April 5, 2017 - 3pm CST

Mary Ellen Childs- mckfell@thecowlescenter.org


Great location at 3010 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis. Jawaahir Dance Company studio at the corner of Minnehaha and Lake next door to the police station. Over 2000 square feet with windows, two mirrored walls, and a sprung hardwood floor. Off-street parking and bike rack. Only two blocks from the Lake Street/Midtown light rail station, and on the 7, 21, 27, and 53 bus routes. Fully handicapped accessible.

Bloomington location at 9050 Lyndale Avenue in the lower level of the Great Bear Center. Bright space of 900 square feet with one full mirrored wall and one partial. Double ballet barres. Small sitting area.

Visit our website at http://jawaahir.org/SpaceRental.htm for photos and more information.
Email Jenny at genmanager@jawaahir.org or call 612-872-6050 for pricing and availability.

Jenny Piper- genmanager@jawaahir.org, (612) 872-6050

Located conveniently at the intersection of University Ave. and Fairview Ave. N., St. Paul Ballet offers spacious studio space for rent when available.

All studios include ballet barres, wall mounted mirrors, sound system and marley sprung flooring. Parking is free and light rail transit stop is three short blocks away.

For more information on hourly rate, availability and scheduling, please contact Andrea Lane with the information below.

St. Paul Ballet | 655 Fairview Ave. N, St. Paul, MN
Andrea Lane - ALane@spballet.org

Ballare Teatro Performing Arts Center, located at 4259 Minnehaha Avenue S in Minneapolis, rents it's space for $15/hour for rehearsals.

We have four studio spaces, all with sprung floors, mirrors and stereo systems.

Call 612-721-8619 or e-mail ann@ballareteatro.com for availability.
We also rent for classes, please call or e-mail for information on the class rate.

Ballare Teatro Performing Arts Center | 4259 Minnehaha Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Ann Williams- ann@ballareteatro.com, (612) 721-8619

he Resistance Movement is offering studios to rent when requested and available.

The Resistance Movement has two beautiful studios with hardwood, sprung dance floors. Studio one is 800 square feet with full front and partial stage left mirrors lit by large windows. Studio two is 600 square feet with front and stage right mirrors along with sliding doors for privacy. Both studios have a surround sound feature, sprung floors, natural light and light dimming options.

The fitness boutique has secure free lockers, luxurious showers, water station, seating area and locker room for use.

The Resistance Movement is located in Lowertown, Saint Paul off I-94/35. There is parking along the street. Parking is free on Sundays and weekdays before 8:00am!

The Resistance Movement 205 E 7th Street St. Paul, MN 55101
Trisha Low- info@resistancemovementfitness.com, (651) 225-8878

TU Dance Center is offering its spacious dance studios for rent when available.

TU Dance Center has studios that are 33x56 feet (Studio 1) and 21x46 feet (Studio 2) with sprung floors and Marley-type surface, fixed and portable barres, mirrors, pianos, sound equipment, high ceilings and natural light. The Center also features an air conditioned green room, kitchenette and dressing room, and free off-street parking.

TU Dance Center is convenient to both Minneapolis and St. Paul from I-94/Vandalia exit. Find us on the north side of University Avenue, one block east of Vandalia, located directly behind Subway on the building's east side.

TU Dance Center, 2121 University Ave. W., St. Paul, MN 55114
Abdo Sayegh Rodriguez- abdo.sayegh@tudance.org, (612) 605-1925


Continental Ballet Company offers daily classes at the Bloomington Center for the Arts. Classes are offered for pre-ballet, adult ballet and progressive technique classes for more serious ballet students. Classes are offered Monday through Saturday.

Call Alicia to register or inquire about a one-time drop in class: 952-563-8562

Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road
Alicia Smith- cbcinfo@continentalballet.com, (952) 563-8562

MDT’s Open Adult Division offers drop-in ballet classes for adults (ages 16 and older) who wish to enjoy the physical and aesthetic benefits of dance. These classes provide opportunities for exercise, stretching, and toning of the body and an exploration of dance as an art form in a noncompetitive atmosphere.

BALLET FUNDAMENTALS - Preregistration required
Tuesday, 7:00-8:30pm
Current session: January 3 - March 21, 2017

Sunday, 11:30am-1:00pm
Tuesday, 7:00-8:30pm

Monday, 6:45-8:15pm
Saturday, 9:00-10:30am

Wednesday, 7:00-8:30pm
Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm, Pointe 8:30-9:00pm

Sunday, 11:15am-12:45pm, Pointe 12:45-1:15pm

Monday–Friday, 9:30-11:00am
Saturday, 10:30am-Noon

Class Prices:
90-minute class $15
Barre only $10
30-minute pointe class $5
10-class card $110
5-class card $60
10-pointe class card $40

MDT Studios at The Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis
Justin Leaf- justin.leaf@mndance.org, (612) 338-0627

Erin Thompson teaches winter modern dance classes at Zenon. Classes explore experiential anatomy, ease and efficiency of movement, and power from the floor in locomotion.

Advanced Modern
Thursdays - 9:30am-11:00am, with Dean Mcgraw on guitar!

$14 per 90-minute class ($1 off for professionals) / $130 for a ten-class card

Zenon Dance School | 528 Hennepin Avenue | Cowles Center, 4th Floor
Erin Thompson- thomp065@umn.edu, (612) 221-3186

Grab your best girlfriend and get belly dancing! Pay only $100 for this winter's ten-week session when you register with your friend in the new year! Are you brand new to belly dance? Find a friend who wants to try Level 1 with you. Save $40 each which makes this a deal at $10 for each class this session! At least one friend must be a brand new Cassandra School student. No carry-overs to spring session.

Winter Session began January 2 and runs through March 12. Classes held at these locations: 3010 Minnehaha Ave, next to the police station in Minneapolis and at 9050 Lyndale Ave So, in the Great Bear Center in Bloomington.

The Cassandra School offers year-round Belly Dance classes, including five Level 1 classes, for students ranging from two left feet, to Jawaahir company members continually honing their skills. All ages, levels, shapes, and sizes welcome! Belly dance is a great total body workout that builds core strength, is easy on your joints, and increases your flexibility.

Jenny Piper- genmanager@jawaahir.org, (612) 872-6050

Classes designed for students who wish to begin or continue dance training for health, recreation or self-enrichment. Each student is encouraged to grow as an individual artist and to participate at their own pace. Classes are taught by teachers dedicated to the growth and fostering of ballet as an art form and believe dance contributes to a healthy lifestyle. Classes emphasize overall body conditioning and encourage an aesthetic appreciation of dance. All classes are accompanied by professional musicians who collaborate with our teachers just as in our pre-professional program and for our professional dancers.
Our drop-in program allows students a flexible schedule that meets the needs of both the working professional and busy student.

St. Paul Ballet, 655 Fairview Ave. N, St. Paul, MN
Brittany Adams- badams@spballet.org

Join us Monday-Friday from 10-11:30AM and take your morning ballet class from some of the Twin Cities' finest teachers.

Parking is FREE and studio is located a few short blocks away from light rail transit.
$10 professional rate (please bring copy of current contract to verify).

Note: These classes are attended by St. Paul Ballet Company. Check our website/other listings for holiday schedule and any potential class cancellations due to SPB community events or performances. Teaching artists are subject to change.

Mondays 10:00-11:30am ⎪ Teaching Artist: Marianne Raub
Tuesdays 10:00-11:30am ⎪ Teaching Artist: Barbara Weinstine
Wednesdays 10:00-11:30am ⎪ Teaching Artist: Jeffrey Hankinson
Thursdays 10:00-11:30am ⎪ Teaching Artist: Maureen Haworth
Fridays 10:00-11:30am ⎪ Teaching Artist: Laura Greenwell

St. Paul Ballet, 655 Fairview Ave. N, St. Paul, MN
Brittany Adams- badams@spballet.org

St. Paul Ballet is pleased to offer tuition-free classes for our young men ages seven through eleven in our boys club.

Classes feature an introduction to ballet conditioning, flexibility and technique. Plenty of jumping and strength exercises taught by a male teacher.

Classes are held:
Monday, 4:30-5:15pm and Saturday, 1:00-1:45pm

Contact the School of St. Paul Ballet for more information on this exciting opportunity!

St. Paul Ballet | 655 Fairview Ave. N, St. Paul, MN
Laura Greenwell - LGreenwell@spballet.org

Ballare Teatro Performing Arts Center has fabulous adult classes by the best instructors in town. Drop in for $15, or purchase a 10-class card for $110. We would love to see you in the studio!

Beginning - Tuesday 6:45-7:45pm with Felicia
Intermediate - Thursday 7:45-9:15pm with Felicia

Beginning - Wednesday 6-7pm with Kaleena
Advanced Beginning - Wednesday 7-8pm with Kaleena
Intermediate - Tuesday 7:15-8:15pm with Brenna
Fast Intermediate - Tuesday 6:45-7:45pm with Kaleena
Advanced - Tuesday 7:45-8:45pm with Kaleena

Cardio Funk - Thursdays 8-9:30pm with Molly

Hip Hop
Monday 7:45-8:45pm with J-Sun

Yoga Barre
Monday 6:15-7:15pm with Megan

Ballare Teatro Performing Arts Center | 4259 Minnehaha Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Ann Williams- ann@ballareteatro.com, (612) 721-8619

See our full schedule here: http://tinyurl.com/hw65huc


Musical Theatre Jazz with Tracy Vacura
Mondays, 8:00-9:00pm

Improvisation with Taja Will
Saturdays, 9:00-10:00am


Belly Dance with Stephanie Shapso
Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30pm
Saturdays, 2:00-3:00pm

Beginning Adult All-Ages Modern with Thern Anderson
Tuesdays, 12:30-2:00pm

2017 Winter Session runs January 9 through March 19 (ten weeks).
Drop-ins: $13-$16. 10-Class Cards: $120-$150. Enrollments: $99-$126 (Pro-rated for nine weeks).

528 Hennepin Ave. S | Minneapolis, MN
Kristen stoeckeler- kristen@zenondance.org, (612) 338-1101

Zenon Dance is now accepting pro-rated youth enrollments for our Edina satellite school!

Winter 2017 Schedule:
9-10am - Hip Hop (ages 5-7)
10-11am - Storybook Ballet (ages 5-7)
11-12pm - Hip Hop (ages 7-10)
12-1pm - Ballet (ages 7-10)
1-2pm - Jazz (ages 7-10)
2-3pm - Modern (ages 11-14)
3-4pm - Jazz/Hip Hop (ages 11-14)\

Sign up here or by called 612-338-1101 today! http://tinyurl.com/hety8qo

2017 Winter Session runs January 7 - March 11 (ten weeks).
Prorated enrollments start at $120 for eight classes.

Come dance with us!

The DanceXchange, 6885 Washington Ave S, Edina, MN 55439
Kristen Stoeckeler- kristen@zenondance.org, (612) 338-1101

Ballet Fundamentals classes offer age appropriate motor skills and musicality, developed with basic, fundamental ballet movement and terminology through creative exercises, while infusing elements that will prepare them for the traditional ballet class format.

Classes start this week!

Midwest School of Ballet offers a Fundamentals I (ages three and four), Fundamentals II (ages five and six), and Fundamentals III (ages six through eight). Older classes are also available. Please see our website.

Fundamental classes are at our Hopkins Main Street Performing Arts High School location.
Tuesdays: Fundamentals III - 5-6pm.
Thursdays: Fundamentals I - 5:15-6pm, Fundamentals II - 6-7pm.

New and returning students are welcome.

Main Street School of Performing Arts 1320 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
Eileen Kamp- midwestballetmn@gmail.com, (612) 564-8672

Spring session registration is now open at The School at TU Dance Center! The Spring 2017 session runs from January 30-June 11.

The TU Dance pre-professional program is a five-level intensive course of study integrating modern, ballet, African, and repertory work for students up to age 23. There will be a placement class for new students (ages 12-23) on Thursday, January 19, from 5:00-6:30pm (check-in from 4:30-5:00pm). The placement class will consist of 45 minutes of ballet and 45 minutes of modern.

The TU Dance Children and Teen Program introduces the joy of creative movement and beginning dance technique to students aged 3-19. Classes, divided by age, provide a comprehensive base on which to expand by developing body awareness, coordination, balance, flexibility, strength and musicality.

Financial aid and payment plans are available.

TU Dance Center, 2121 University Ave. W., St. Paul, MN 55114
Laurel Keen- education@tudance.org, (612) 605-1925

TU Dance Center offers a variety of open classes in ballet, modern, Horton-based modern, West African, Gaga and contemporary techniques. Classes are for intermediate and advanced levels.

Teaching artists include Toni Pierce-Sands, Berit Ahlgren, Kenna Camara-Cottman, Penny Freeh, Laurel Keen, Abdo Sayegh, and Katelyn Skelley.

For current class listings, please visit the link below. Schedule is subject to change. Cost: $14/class, $120/10-class card.

TU Dance Center is located at 2121 University Avenue West, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55114. Find us on the north side of University Avenue, one block east of Vandalia, located directly behind Subway on the building's east side (free parking in the lot in front of TU Dance Center).

TU Dance Center, 2121 University Ave. W., St. Paul, MN 55114
Laurel Keen- education@tudance.org, (612) 605-1925

Teen/Adult Ballet for ages thirteen and up.
Thursdays: 6-7:30pm
Instructor: Lara Ciganko

This class is designed for students who wish to continue dance training for health and self-enrichment, for both the serious and recreational dancer who has had some previous experience. This class currently runs in tandem with the Ballet Level III class.

Main Street School of Performing Arts, 1320 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
Eileen Kamp- midwestballetmn@gmail.com, (612) 564-8672

Come live the dream with Ballet Royale in the new year!

Ballet Royale Minnesota, official school and home of Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota, offers a wide variety of dance programs.
Ballet Royale provides classes for toddlers taking their first steps in our groundbreaking Mommy & Me classes, teens stepping into a professional dance career, and adults revisiting or practicing their first plies, to professionals wanting to augment their training.
Ballet Royale offers a unique range of comprehensive training programs to customized plans and private coaching.

Registration is ongoing and accepted throughout the year - Tuition is pro-rated if you start mid-term!

Ballet Royale offers:
- Pre-Ballet Creative Dance
- Mommy/Daddy & Me
- Youth, Adult and Teen Ballet
- Professional Trainee Division (day program, by audition only)
- FREE Boys Program (ages 5-17)
- Men's Ballet

Ballet Royale Minnesota, 16368 Kenrick Avenue, Lakeville, MN 55044

Be active in the new year, join Ballet Royale Minnesota’s FREE Boy's Program!

Unique in Minnesota, this innovative program is designed specifically for boys, and taught by male teachers. These classes focus on strength, stamina, conditioning, coordination, focus, and agility in a fun, creative atmosphere.

Classes include:
- Boys Creative Dance Adventures
- Boys Dance
- Ballet for Boys I & II
- Boys Intermediate Ballet
- Boys Cross-Training Class

Ballet Royale’s Ballet for Boys classes are for students ages five to seventeen, with or without prior dance experience, and are developed and taught primarily by former professional dancer Rick Vogt.

Participants just need enthusiasm, commitment, and regular attendance.

Class registration is ongoing, join today! Tuition is pro-rated if you start mid-term.

Ballet Royale Minnesota, 16368 Kenrick Avenue, Lakeville, MN 55044

Ballet Royale's Creative Dance program is a professionally developed and comprehensive program drawing on decades of dance and music teaching experience, which offers an incomparable experience for children from walking age through six years old.

These innovative classes encourage musicality, imagination and self expression through the art of dance and music. We will have fun being fairies and dragons, beating on drums, galloping like wild ponies all in a fun, safe, nurturing environment.

Ballet Royale Creative Dance Classes:
- Mommy/Daddy & Me, ages toddler-three
- Creative Dance l, ages three-four
- Creative Dance ll, Completed Creative Dance l or five years old/new to Ballet Royale
- Creative Dance lll, Completed Creative Dance ll or six years old/new to Ballet Royale
- Preparation for Ballet Completed Creative Dance lll or seven years old/new to Ballet Royale
- Boys Creative Dance Adventures, ages five and six

Ballet Royale Minnesota, 16368 Kenrick Avenue, Lakeville, MN 55044

Midwest School of Ballet offers ballet classes for all ages.

Ballet Level I (ages 8-12)
Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm. The traditional ballet format of barre and center work is emphasized with proper alignment, technique, musicality, and artistry. This class is open to students who are new to ballet, have some experience, and returning students.

​Ballet Level II (ages 11+)
Mondays and Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm. This class is for students who want to increase their training and commitment to ballet with a continued focus on an educational and artistic goal. Two classes per week is recommended to make appropriate progress. Prerequisite: Ballet Level I, Ballet for Teens and Athletes or permission from instructor.

​Ballet Level III/Teens and Adults(ages 11+)
Thursdays, 6-7:30pm. This class is designed for students who wish to continue dance training for health and self-enrichment, for both the serious and recreational dancer.

Fundamentals of Ballet classes are also offered for ages three through eight years old.

Main Street School of Performing Arts | 1320 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
Eileen Kamp- midwestballetmn@gmail.com, (612) 564-8672

Gain poise, flexibility, and knowledge of ballet basics in this beginning ballet class! This class is for those who are interested in dance but have never taken a ballet class, or have taken an extended break from dance! Learn and review all the basic positions of both legs and arms. Barre exercises and center work will also be stressed.

Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road
Alicia Smith- cbcinfo@continentalballet.com, (952) 563-8562

Come kick your winter blues with us!

Zenon has offered a jazz class on Friday mornings for many years, and Karla Grotting, Erinn Liebhard and Emily Broeker are thrilled to continue the tradition. Join us for this winter session that will offer you classes with a similar palette - music-driven, historically and socially-conscious - through three different approaches! We look forward to getting our groove(s) on with you!

Zenon Dance Company and School, Cowles Center 4th Floor (528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403)
Erinn Liebhard- ekliebs@gmail.com

This special series is an amazing opportunity to learn from some of the Twin Cities most experienced movement teachers and improvisers.

People of all levels of experience are welcome to come learn contact improvisation together in this safe environment. Together we will explore how our bodies move while in physical contact with each other while focusing on the laws that govern motion: mass, gravity, momentum and inertia. We will train the body in sensory awareness, weight-bearing partnering skills and improvisation. Class will be playful, meditative and acrobatic and followed by an open jam.

Classes in January and February will focus on essential skills using tools from Body-Mind Centering(r) and will be lead by Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad. Do you know what a contact jam is? Do you want to learn more? Two special Underscore sessions will be faciliated by Julie Bither and Lindsey Forsythe on the last Monday of the month.


Lisa Nelson’s "Tuning Score" 2017 weekly practice, facilitated by Jennifer Arave.

Starting January 26
Every Thursday 1-3pm at the Beautiful Studio
$1-10 sliding scale

1pm-1:30pm Meditation
1:30pm-3:00pm Tuning Score

The Beautiful Studio, 2242 University Ave Suite 214, St Paul, MN 55104
ENTRANCE on Hampden

If interested please inquire by sending an email to Jennifer- aravejl@yahoo.com expressing interest and to receive more specifics about the practice.

Jennifer Arave- aravejl@yahoo.com, (612) 432-1512

An invigorating, community-oriented dance class for adults 50+ who love a healthy, active lifestyle! Participants explore a wide variety of dance forms – from social dance and modern to ballet and percussive. Whether you’re a veteran of dance or a newcomer, we welcome you to drop in and enjoy a class!

When: Every Wednesday; February 1 – April 19; 6:30pm-8pm

Where: The Cowles Center - Target Education Studio (2nd floor)

Price: $10/class or $80 for MovementWise Membership (includes all twelve classes, a free ticket to a select Cowles Center performance, discounted show tickets and invitations to exclusive membership events).

Parking discount: We have partnered with the new Embassy Suites directly across the street to offer $4 valet parking to all participants. Simply pull into the garage, valet your car and Cowles staff will validate you at check-in!

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Jessi Fett- jfett@thecowlescenter.org, (612) 206-3640